Mootnz13 Moodle Analytics

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Presentation given by Mark Drechsler, Senior Director of Client Services, and the 2013 NZ Moodlemoot.

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Mootnz13 Moodle Analytics

  1. 1. Moodle & Analytics – a matter ofperspectiveMark Drechsler
  2. 2. What do we mean by ‘analytics’?How can we classify different kinds of analytics?What are the challenges we face in the LMS?What is happening in the Moodle project (andbeyond) in relation to analytics?This session
  3. 3. “…exploring the unique types of data that come fromeducational settings, and using those methods to betterunderstand students.”A broad definitionSource: Wikipedia entry on Educational Data Mining
  4. 4. However – many differentperspectives
  5. 5. Type Level/object Who benefits?LearningAnalyticsCourse level Learners, AcademicsFaculty level Learners, AcademicsAcademicAnalyticsInstitutional Administrators, Funders,MarketingRegional Funders, AdministratorsNational andinternationalNational governments,Educational authoritiesMultiple perspectivesSource: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/penetrating-fog-analytics-learning-and-educationPenetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education – Phillip Long & George Siemens
  6. 6. Type Level/object Who benefits?LearningAnalyticsCourse level Learners, AcademicsFaculty level Learners, AcademicsAcademicAnalyticsInstitutional Administrators, Funders,MarketingRegional Funders, AdministratorsNational andinternationalNational governments,Educational authoritiesMultiple perspectivesTarget ConsumerSource: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/penetrating-fog-analytics-learning-and-educationPenetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education – Phillip Long & George Siemens
  7. 7. TargetStudents?Subjects?Faculties?Universities?Two dimensional model
  8. 8. ConsumerStudents?Teachers?Decision makers?Two dimensional model
  9. 9. TargetConsumerScopeAutomationSlightly modified model
  10. 10. One extreme: LMS only data analysisSimple to implementLosing ‘market share’ of data over time leading to lowerreliability of analysisOther extreme: Learning ecosystemComplex – needs open standards model and externalrepositoryThe holy grail of educational analytics?Analytics Scope
  11. 11. One extreme: Manual analysisRun reports, analyse data, take actionsOther extreme: Automated analysisAutomated analysis against known metricsAlerts & notifications to consumersAnalytics automation
  12. 12. Goal:Finding out you have a problemBefore you have a problem.
  13. 13. This gives us a framework forconsidering perspectives onanalytics
  14. 14. Couple of examples
  15. 15. 1. Engagement Analyticshttp://docs.moodle.org/22/en/Engagement_Analytics_Plugin
  16. 16. 2. Custom reportinghttp://docs.moodle.org/23/en/Configurable_reports
  17. 17. Where to from here?
  18. 18. Only one part of the storyLecture capture? Library systems?Virtual classroom? Social learning?Logs in Moodle are good, but notcomprehensive‘LMS only’ analysis problems
  19. 19. Data gets big(gish)‘Typical’ Moodle uni generatesbetween 50,000,000 and100,000,000 log records in a yearLMS only analysis problems
  20. 20. Moodle analytics roadmap:‘Foundation building’
  21. 21. Solution part 1: abstractionLogstoreAdapted from http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Logging_2Log data
  22. 22. What they are saying:SOLAR: “Development of a common language fordata exchange*” – first item on their roadmapIMS: “The … ‘holy grail’ of data interoperabilityis an agreed upon “learning/progress map” thatall tools and assessments could populate.**”Solution part 2 - standards* source: http://solaresearch.org/OpenLearningAnalytics.pdf** source: http://www.imsglobal.org/blog/?p=258
  23. 23. Increase amount of data gathered in Moodle’s logs tosupport more in-depth analytics.Solution part 3 – more data!
  24. 24. Analytics roadmap:http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Roadmap(Look for Logging 2)
  25. 25. Once ‘foundation’ isstronger, more plugins can bebuilt more easily for morepurposesAnd then…
  26. 26. Plug-in analyticsLogstoreAdapted from http://docs.moodle.org/dev/Logging_2Log dataIn-LMS analyticsExternalanalytics
  27. 27. Earlier effort:Monash Uni/NetSpot projectimplementing ‘engagementanalytics’ plugin in 2012:http://bit.ly/MoodleAnalytics
  28. 28. This year’s project:Macquarie Uni, UNSW andNetSpot initiating a project todevelop student centric analyticsin Moodle
  29. 29. Thanks!www.netspot.com.au

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